Cricket news - Dinesh Karthik suggested to shift base to Tamil Nadu - Sandeep Warrier

Warrier is waiting for a NOC from Kerala Cricket Association to join Tamil Nadu for the upcoming domestic season.

Warrier is waiting for a NOC from Kerala Cricket Association to join Tamil Nadu for the upcoming domestic season.

The name Sandeep Warrier is synonymous with Kerala's impressive show in the Ranji Trophy 2018-19, where they reached the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time in their history. The paceman picked up 44 wickets at an average of under 18, which included a five-for versus Bengal.

However, in June this year, Warrier decided to shift base to Tamil Nadu. The fast bowler is employed with India Cements and has also trained at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai. The 29-year-old also noted that Dinesh Karthik, the experienced Tamil Nadu cricketer, suggested him to make the move.

"I actually spoke to DK (Dinesh Karthik) bhai about this and he was the one who suggested to me that since I'm employed in Tamil Nadu and everything related to cricket is here, you can change and try coming to Tamil Nadu and play for the state," Warrier told the YouTube show homerun with AV.

"For me also I thought it'll be a better option. This conversation happened around January-February after I came back from the New Zealand A tour. We were playing league matches here (in Chennai) when I asked him since I'm playing league here, training in MRF, so everything related to cricket was here. So I asked him: 'what's your opinion?'

"He told why not talk to (R) Prasanna, he was the assistant coach. So I asked him and he also thought it was a good idea because he's also the coach of India Cements (Vijay CC). It was a very tough decision for me because I'm going to miss a lot of my friends in Kerala. Cricket has given me a lot of close friends in Kerala whom I can call any time of the day. I'm going to miss them a lot. Kerala coach Tinu (Yohanan) bhai was one of the first guys that I spoke to ... he left it up to me, the association left it up to me. So they didn't oppose or anything."

Warrier, though, hasn't yet received the No-Objection Certificate from the Kerala Cricket Association. The quick bowler observed that there has been a delay in getting the NOC due to the lockdown. "I haven't got it (NOC from Kerala) yet. There's a delay due to the lockdown. Since I've been employed here with India Cements (in Tamil Nadu) last year and I am married and settled here, and my training and bowling is at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, I thought this would be a better time for me to move to Tamil Nadu.

"I hope I can play as a local player. I don't know anything about that yet. Once the lockdown is over we will get to know. We don't know anything about what's going to happen, when the season is going to begin, so not thinking about that."

Warrier also talked about how he would miss the kind of camaraderie and friendship that he developed during his time with Kerala. "I'll miss everything about it because each and everyone in the team is hardworking. The thing is when you're with them for the four or five months of the season, you can call them at any time and they'll come.

"If you want to go out for a movie or if you're feeling down, if you want to go out to the beach for a run, whatever time you call Sanju or Azhar or Vinoop, 5'o clock or 5.30 even they'll be ready to go anywhere. Even the juniors... Last time in between matches when we had a break, at 8-8.30 and all I've called juniors like Sijomon if I want to go out for a 10'o clock movie, I've never heard any of them say no. The never-say-no attitude is something I'll miss," he said.

Incidentally, World Cup winner S Sreesanth is set to return to the Kerala side for the upcoming Ranji Trophy season. Having initially been handed a lifetime ban for his alleged involvement in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, Sreesanth's punishment was later trimmed to a seven-year exile, one that ends in September this year.

Warrier hoped that Sreesanth would make a successful comeback. "I haven't had the chance to interact with him. But, I hope that will be one of the best comebacks that cricket has ever seen. And I know it will be one of the best comebacks that cricket has ever seen because of his determination and skill level."